Crowds flock to Balmoral Show

Northern Ireland’s biggest agricultural event, the Balmoral Show, had the crowds flocking to Balmoral Park at the Maze this week.

The annual show, which attracts thousands of visitors, features a host of stalls, as well as displays of livestock, agricultural equipment and plenty of food and fun for all the family.

Pacemaker press 12/05/2016 All the fun of the fair as one of the biggest events on the farming calendar takes place on it's second day Thursday the 12th of May at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park near Lisburn, Co Antrim. The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS)�"s annual show is 10% larger than last year. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 12/05/2016 All the fun of the fair as one of the biggest events on the farming calendar takes place on it's second day Thursday the 12th of May at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park near Lisburn, Co Antrim. The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS)�"s annual show is 10% larger than last year. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

There were also some new additions to the show this year, including an edible garden.

The Garden Village at Balmoral Show provided a dedicated area for green fingered enthusiasts and provided more spectacle with the exciting addition of an edible garden.

There was a polytunnel erected and filled with edible produce providing a visually interesting and informative display for the general public. In keeping with the NI Year of Food and Drink, show goers were able to see the food they have on their plate growing in the ground, bridging the gap between farm and fork.

The Spar Arena at this year’s event showcased family entertainment and was a hub of activity as several attractions filled an exciting timetable.

This dedicated family fun area boasted an impressive lineup with a variety of acts including exciting displays from the NI School of Falconry, Tim Crothers demonstrating gun dog skills and the kids favourite Bruce Airhead.